Quinta do Lago, on the Algarve, is a major destination for golf enthusiasts. Two thousand acres of land have been transformed into a resort dedicated to a golfer’s fantasy lifestyle, with villas spaced strategically apart, all the comforts of a metropolitan centre and championship and non-championship courses for any golf aficionado. Of course, aside from golf, the resort has other attractions such as horseback riding, tennis, two busy shopping malls, three kilometres of golden beaches, a fine selection of restaurants and nightclubs and three thousand hours of sunny blue skies each year.
As the most expensive Algarve destination as far as property prices are concerned, the resort has attracted the interest of a number of celebrities who have purchased villas here. Probably the most famous was the late motor racing driver Ayrton Senna who had a street – Avenida do Ayrton Senna da Silva – named after him following his fatal accident
Whilst much of Quinta do Lago consists of privately owned residential properties there are still plenty villas and apartments available for private rentals. Another popular choice amongst holidaymakers are the two Four Seasons Resorts, for the ultimate in luxury take a look at the Four Seasons Fairways which offers a private swimming pool within each villa.
Quinta do Lago’s villas and townhouses are well spaced from each other due to a low density building policy that is strictly implemented not only to promote privacy and a restful holiday but also because it is the site of the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is a home of migratory birds and wetland that is protected by the UNESCO. The beauty of Quinta do Lago is therefore more natural than other developed holiday resorts.
The Four Seasons Fairways is an exclusive Private Members Club at Quinta do Lago, but staying in one of their villas will make you a temporary member, with access to all their amenities. Although each villa is equipped with its own pool, you may visit their Clubhouse, which has three pools: a large, heated indoor pool, a large outdoor pool and a children’s pool. It also has a Jacuzzi, sauna, a gym, several rooms for games such as snooker and billiards, and its own restaurant and bar.
The Algarve is a very popular tourist destination and its Mediterranean-like weather and abundance of fresh fish and produce nicely set the stage for the surprisingly low lifestyle cost. So even if the prices of real estate at Quinta do Lago definitely spell exclusivity, the cost of living in a villa will prove worth the initial expense.